WTF lucky I called for an estimate..

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  1. Time Bandit

    Time Bandit Well-Known Member

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    $400 dollars for a minor tune up...and the mechanic said "if you need plug wires another $100"..
    I cancelled that appointment. I mean what the hell! does everybody got their hand in my pocket or what?
    it's been years since I got work at a dealership, I know they hi-ball so I was prepared for $150 thereabouts.
    Now I gotta find a place to do it before christmas. Why does everything happen to me?
     
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  2. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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  3. Time Bandit

    Time Bandit Well-Known Member

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    I know, I had to vent
     
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    RobotsVsMonsters Semi-lurker since 2008

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    This is one of the main reasons illegals take American jobs. Whiteys prices are ridiculous
     
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    Rocinante Well-Endowed Member Gold

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    It's easy to change spark plugs and wires yourself.
     
  6. Krinkle

    Krinkle What?

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    Never go to the dealer unless it's a warranty issue, or a recall repair. Sixty five dollars to change a 10 dollar air filter? Yeah, go fuck yourself with that dealer man.
     
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    If you want real help - post your car make and model and miles.

    Some spark plugs are a bitch to replace in newer cars.
     
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    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    Not just newer. It was easier to take the engine out than to change the plugs in my '67 Mercury Cougar GT (390 FE). Ponderous.
     
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  9. John Mahlin

    John Mahlin These go to eleven Gold

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    ^^^^This. Easier puting a small block 400 in my firebird than it was changing the spark plugs in my wife's cr-v.
     
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    Depends on the car.
    I helped a friend of mine change them out in a Nissan Pathfinder and it was a major pain in the ass.
    Had to take the hood off and it took all day. :bigcry:
     
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    Really for plugs ?
     
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    Rescued Owl VIP Extreme Gold

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    Yeah. It sucked. The ones in the back were brutal. Needed 2 universals and all kinds of extension.
    Then you had to try to thread the new ones in blind and try not to cross thread them.
    I guess the dealer has a tool that makes the job a lot easier. :dontknow:
     
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    Wow that's nuts
     
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    Rescued Owl VIP Extreme Gold

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    I told him to take it to the dealer next time. We got it though.
     
  15. Time Bandit

    Time Bandit Well-Known Member

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    I've always done my own that's why I had sticker shock..
    but it's been years..just the thought of digging out my tools and getting greasy doesn't sit well.
    I'll look tomorrow and see what the shops are charging..maybe I'll just call around.
     
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    The term "tune up" is disingenuous nowadays.

    It's not like you adjust the dwell anymore.

    New plugs and wires.
    Wires last longer than most people think though.
    I have 310,000 miles on a set and they are still fine.
     
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    ever see that movie legion?
    bmw couple come in
    dude goes to fix the car
    pops the hood and hasn't a clue as to what the fuck he's looking at


    these new cars--they're fucking complicated
    and we be fucked as a result
     
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    Time Bandit Well-Known Member

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    wires was an extra hundie..and they know I have a 6 cyn.
    I was thinking they read the codes too but that's probably an extra
     
  19. R.P. McMurphy

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    ...thats the key to it right there is buy your own tool. i have some specialized tools that make doing certain things on my cars easier. for bigger more expensive tools like a spring compressor i can rent one out of chicago thats the correct kind. cheaper than buying one since i wouldnt use it a lot. hell general motors had a special bent distributor cap wrench for loosing the bolt in order to set the timing. better than paying a lot for something simple like a tune up.
     
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  20. R.P. McMurphy

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    ...what kind of car?